How is your house holding up?

If you've known me for a while, you probably know that I really enjoy understanding God's word and learning the original definition of words. I grew up with access to only the King James Version of the Bible (which I still believe is foundational). Nowadays though we have apps that give us access to dozens of translations in seconds. We really have no excuse for misunderstanding God's word or His will for our lives!

As a little girl, I learned many stories and parables from God's word including the one in Matthew 7:24-27. Jesus gave the comparison here between the wise man and the foolish man. (I still remember the song that went with the story too) :)

Jesus said those who heard and DID what he taught were wise men; letting those teachings build their lives on a solid foundation. And when the tests and trials of life came (and they will) they would not be moved. Those who only heard but didn't ACT on Jesus' teachings were not built up. These folks lives fell apart when situations hit them. 

Our natural reaction to trouble is fear, worry and hurt, resulting in unforgiveness and a multitude of other negative feelings. As believers, we are not to operate the way natural people do. Second  Corinthians 5:17 says since we are in Christ, we are a new creation! And as we renew our minds to God's word every day, we are literally transformed. (Romans 12:2)

By acting on what God teaches us, we are building a solid foundation so that when "life" hits us we will not be moved. Psalm 62:6 says, "He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved."

We can't run from trouble but we can be so rooted and built up in God (Colossians 2:7) that when negative comes, His word comes from within us just as quickly and tells us how to react. Here's the Message translation of Matthew 7:24-27. You've gotta love the vivid pictures it paints!

“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.

 “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”

Let's start today seriously building ourselves up so that when the storms of life come, not only will we stand firm but we will be able to help someone else in need too.